Today we’re going to be installing the PC (Windows) version of Nuclear Strike, published by Electronic Arts, on Linux Mint 21 Cinnamon Edition running Wine version 6.0.3.

Before we begin, we’ll need three things:

  1. The Nuclear Strike CD-ROM.
  2. The Nuclear Strike upgrade from 1.0 to 1.3, and
  3. nGlide v2.10 wrapper (which allows 3dfx games to run on systems without a 3dfx card)

 

First, insert the CD-ROM, you will see the CD listed under devices in your File Manger (which is known as “Nemo”).

 

Right click in the files window, and choose the Open in Terminal option.

This will open the terminal window (command prompt as it’s known in Windows). Here we will be setting up a Wine prefix to install Nuclear Strike into.

 

 

 

 

 

At the terminal prompt, type the following, and then press Enter.

WINEPREFIX="$HOME/Wine/.wine-nuclear-strike" WINEARCH=win32 winecfg

This will set-up a new 32-bit wine prefix called .wine-nuclear-strike and will be in your /home/username/Wine folder.  ) If you don’t want to use this name, you can change it to whatever you like.)    In the Wine configuration window, which should now be on the screen, set your windows version to Windows 98 and click OK.

You will return to the terminal window.  To install Nuclear Strike from the CD, type the following and press Enter.

WINEPREFIX="$HOME/Wine/.wine-nuclear-strike" wine Launcher.exe

The Nuclear Strike Launcher will appear, click on the top left button labelled “Install Nuclear Strike”.

The launcher may ask you to install Direct X version 5, you can say “No” to this.

The launcher may ask you to install Glide version 2.42, you can say “No” to this.

Follow the prompts, “Full Install” is best. You may get a warning saying “Setup Wizard is not responding”, choose “Wait” if you see this warning. Choose the default install location (Should be C:\NUKEPC) and choose “Next”. Install will complete, and click “Finish” on the final screen.

 

Next, we have to install the 1.0 to 1.3 upgrade, download it from the link, the sha256 of the file NSP_3.EXE should be:

sha256sum: "0a90dc821e81ed1b2e81204382806300343c34b0a9d68e849bf0ae0e685b2f3a NSP_3.EXE"

Where the NSP_3.EXE file is located, in the terminal window, type the following and then press Enter.

WINEPREFIX="$HOME/Wine/.wine-nuclear-strike" wine NSP_3.EXE

Follow the prompts to upgrade your game. The upgrade program will want to know the location of NUKEPC.EXE.

 

Finally, we have to install the nGlide Wrapper, download version 2.10 (from the link) to your PC, the sha256 of the file nGlide210_setup.exe should be:

sha256sum: "3cfcd03a923386c36685a772d24797fb78762cfbe63fe5676756091cf27da7a4 nGlide210_setup.exe"

Where the file is located, in the terminal window, type the following and then press Enter.

WINEPREFIX="$HOME/Wine/.wine-nuclear-strike" wine nGlide210_setup.exe

Follow the prompts to install, you’ll get a message saying “Completed” and you can close the program.

 

The game should be ready to play now.  You may or may not have a desktop icon. If you don’t, you should be able to find it located in the following location:

/home/yourusername/.local/share/applications/wine/Programs/Electronic Arts/Nuclear Strike

The file should be called “Nuclear Strike.desktop” – right click the file, go into its Properties and go across to the “Permissions” button, at the bottom of the window check “Allow executing file as program”, then click “Close”

You can copy this file to your desktop, Double click and play.  Enjoy.

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